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Extra Copies of Gene May Cause Parkinson’s

Friday October 31, 2003

-- Certain patients with Parkinson’s disease carry extra copies of a gene that clogs their brains with excess proteins -- a finding that may lead to better treatments and perhaps a way to stop the deadly disease, scientists said on Thursday.

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Study: Gene May Set Age at Which Brain Diseases Hit

Wednesday October 22, 2003

U.S. researchers said on Tuesday they had found a gene that may help determine whether a patient gets Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease late or early in life.

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Classic Symptoms Of Parkinson’s Disease May Not Be The Most Disabling

Tuesday October 21, 2003

The non-motor symptoms that Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients experience, such as loss of energy and pain, appear to have a greater impact on their quality of life than the motor symptoms typically associated with the disease, such as tremor. This surprising finding of a new Harris Interactive(R) study may alter the way physicians assess and treat their patients, according to top Parkinson’s disease researchers.

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Ozzy Osbourne May Have Parkinson’s

Thursday October 16, 2003

Hard rocker and baffled dad Ozzy Osbourne may have Parkinson’s disease according to reports in Britain’s The Sun tabloid.

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Janet Reno Speaks Out About her Parkinson’s

Friday October 10, 2003

There are times when Janet Reno has to be told to speak up, when her left hand shakes uncontrollably and when she tires too soon. But the former U.S. attorney general says Parkinson’s disease has not kept her from kayaking, hiking and running for governor of Florida.

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Story From Oregon on GDNF Trials

Thursday October 09, 2003

Glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) has shown promise in animal trials. And it’s now moving on to human trials. This is an account of a trial site in Portland, OR.

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Sleep Appears to Rescue Memories

Thursday October 09, 2003

One more study showing links between sleep issues and memory issues. In Parkinson’s, sleep deprivation is common - and we frequently hear complaints of memory problems. Exercise helps, and there are medications that can be considered with your neurologist.

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Exercises for Parkinson’s disease

Friday October 03, 2003

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are looking to a non-drug approach to slow the progression of Parkinson’s. They’re doing it with targeted exercises.

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California Backs New Stem Cell Research Measures

Friday October 03, 2003

California Gov. Gray Davis, signaling defiance of a more conservative line in Washington, signed new laws on Wednesday to boost controversial stem cell research seen as key to new medical advances. Davis said many top researchers have since come to California.

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Voice therapy helps Parkinson’s patients with their speech

Wednesday October 01, 2003

Perhaps the most common complaint reported by spouses of people with Parkinson’s is the "quiet voice" that often accompanies PD. The NWPF has long advocated getting therapy for this. Widely available, and very effective, the Lee Silverman technique can make a great difference in just a few weeks. This article out of Texas details a success.

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